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delicious waakye recipe

I am going to show you the easiest way to prepare waakye and stew at home plus everything you need to know about this food.

What is Waakye?

Waakye is a local Ghanaian dish made with rice and beans.

It is one of the most popular delicacies in Ghana.

It is mostly taken as breakfast in Ghana and can be served with other accessories like spaghetti, salad, pear, fried plantain, sliced onions, gari, mayonnaise and stew.

There are several methods you can employ to prepare waakye.

Some people prefer cooking it with the indigenous hibiscus (waakye leaves) leaves.

Let us have a look at the ingredients you will need to cook this food.

You need this recipe in order to cook a delicious waakye.

How to cook waakye (Steps)

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delicious waakye recipe
delicious waakye recipe
delicious waakye recipe

Delicious Homemade waakye recipe

This is the ultimate waakye recipe guide. Kindly follow to the end.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Ghanaian
Servings 3
Calories 103 kcal


  • 1/2   cup Black-eyed Beans
  • 4 cups Rice(Any choice)
  • 4 strands Red Millet leaves


  • In a large saucepan, pour beans and add enough water to cover it.
  • Wash Millet leaves and add it to the boiling beans.
  • Cook and boil the beans under high heat until its tender for 20-25 mins. (You can add Akaun to aid cooking the beans quickly)
  • Remove the millet leaves. (Make sure the color of the water has changed to deep purple)
  • Add the washed rice(any choice) and stir everything together. Add salt to taste
  • Cover with the lid and cook on a medium heat.
  • Add little water if rice is not cooked or hard. ( Put it under low heat to avoid burning)
  • Serve waakye warm when tender and soft with various toppings.



What you can serve with Waakye.
It’s served with fried Fish, meat, Shito (black chilli sauce) and accompaniments like Spaghetti, salad, Avocado, fried Plantain, Boiled Eggs or Gari Fortor.


Calories: 103kcal
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Waakye can be served with the following stews.

  • Shito
  • Tomato stew
  • Beef sauce
  • Pepper Sauce

More Ghanaian dishes to Try.


Popular waakye joints in Accra.

If you are unable to prepare waakye at home, you can buy some from any of the WAAKYE near you.

Popular waakye joints in Accra are:

  • Aunty Muni Waakye
  • Hajia Waakye Special
  • Katawodieso
  • Waakye Avenue, etc.

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